Indonesia proposes palm oil to be used as jet fuel

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Indonesia, the world’s top producer of palm oil, has suggested to use palm oil as biofuel in jet fuel and asked Boeing and Airbus to set up palm oil jet fuel plants as a condition for continued Indonesian purchases of Boeing and Airbus planes, according to Reuters.

“We have asked that Indonesian companies be allowed to produce jet biofuel in the US and Europe,” Indonesian trade minister Enggartiasto Lukita said. He added that palm oil for the plants would ideally come from Indonesia.

The Indonesian government has lately stepped up its efforts to prop up demand for palm oil through biofuel schemes, including by increasing the biofuel blending requirement for vehicles in the country.

The US has responded “positively,” the minister said, while he threatened that Indonesia will stop buying Airbus planes if the EU implements a plan to curb palm oil use in biofuels even though Indonesian airlines rely on both the US and European aircraft maker to meet their demand for planes.

Home to the world’s third-largest expanse of tropical forests, Indonesia faces pressure to limit destruction of forests, particularly growing on carbon-rich peat lands, that are at risk from rapidly expanding palm and mining sectors.

Meanwhile, policymakers in Europe are seeking to cut the use of palm oil in biofuels, citing environmental concerns. The rapid expansion of oil palm plantations, mainly by large companies, has driven the destruction of rainforests in Indonesia and other tropical countries.

Last year, a proposal by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), a UN agency, to achieve “carbon-neutral growth” by using biofuel in airplanes, likely from palm oil, prompted an outcry from observers who said it would only serve to fuel environmental destruction. A petition against the plan was signed by more than 180,000 people, before the ICAO rejected the plan.

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Indonesia, the world’s top producer of palm oil, has suggested to use palm oil as biofuel in jet fuel and asked Boeing and Airbus to set up palm oil jet fuel plants as a condition for continued Indonesian purchases of Boeing and Airbus planes, according to Reuters.

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Indonesia, the world’s top producer of palm oil, has suggested to use palm oil as biofuel in jet fuel and asked Boeing and Airbus to set up palm oil jet fuel plants as a condition for continued Indonesian purchases of Boeing and Airbus planes, according to Reuters.

“We have asked that Indonesian companies be allowed to produce jet biofuel in the US and Europe,” Indonesian trade minister Enggartiasto Lukita said. He added that palm oil for the plants would ideally come from Indonesia.

The Indonesian government has lately stepped up its efforts to prop up demand for palm oil through biofuel schemes, including by increasing the biofuel blending requirement for vehicles in the country.

The US has responded “positively,” the minister said, while he threatened that Indonesia will stop buying Airbus planes if the EU implements a plan to curb palm oil use in biofuels even though Indonesian airlines rely on both the US and European aircraft maker to meet their demand for planes.

Home to the world’s third-largest expanse of tropical forests, Indonesia faces pressure to limit destruction of forests, particularly growing on carbon-rich peat lands, that are at risk from rapidly expanding palm and mining sectors.

Meanwhile, policymakers in Europe are seeking to cut the use of palm oil in biofuels, citing environmental concerns. The rapid expansion of oil palm plantations, mainly by large companies, has driven the destruction of rainforests in Indonesia and other tropical countries.

Last year, a proposal by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), a UN agency, to achieve “carbon-neutral growth” by using biofuel in airplanes, likely from palm oil, prompted an outcry from observers who said it would only serve to fuel environmental destruction. A petition against the plan was signed by more than 180,000 people, before the ICAO rejected the plan.

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